Robert Dexter Conrad was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1927. Captain Robert Dexter Conrad worked with the Bureau of Construction and Repair and the Bureau of Ships and developed areas of armor, photoelasticity, turret design, the effects of gun blasts, ship models, propulsion, and other areas related to ship design and construction.
Award named in his honor: The Captain Robert Dexter Conrad Award.
The Navy's top scientific award, an annual award to the individual making an outstanding contribution in naval research and development bears Captain Conrad's name.
Ship naming: The USNS Robert D. Conrad (T-AGOR-3), a research ship operated by Columbia University, was named in his honor.
Other Memories Then ordered to the Portsmouth Navy Yard (New Hampshire), he served there until the fall of 1933 when he took a leave of absence to study at Cambridge University, England.
Returning to the United States, he served in the Design and Construction Division and in the Research and Information Section of the Bureau of Construction and Repair; then, from August 1937 to June 1939, at the Experimental Model Basin at Washington, D.C.. Duty at Mare Island followed and in November 1940 he was appointed Assistant Naval Attaché, later Special Naval Observer, at the American Embassy, London.